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Inside WWII: Interactive Maps

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Go inside World War II and get new insight into the people, battles and events you thought you knew.

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This is an interactive map of the world, which depicts the events and facts of the Second World War. Showing the impact felt all across the world and full of historical facts and information. It goes into detail about the motivations behind life changing decisions made and then the impact of them. Full of images, animations and videos, this website is sure to engage and entertain students. This map works geography into the history curriculum, and demonstrates the geographical impact on decision making in the war. It discusses the profound impact felt world wide from WWII and visually demonstrates it, which is great for visual learners. It is full of information for teachers and students. This interactive map is a wonderful resource for any history teacher or history student. 

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Amy Marques's curator insight, July 22, 2013 4:54 PM

This is a great website! It shows never before seen photos from WWII. Something to notice about the photos is the section on Japanese-Americans. It's an eye opener to the way in which Japanese-Americans were treated during WWII. Many americans are almost blind to what the US was trying to end, German expansion in Europe and ending the holocaust, however at the same time, we had our own concentration camps here in CalifornIa.

Al Picozzi's curator insight, July 23, 2013 10:25 AM

Nice quick way to get the user to see some of the key aspects of the War.  Showing the pan-germanism that Hitler esposed when taking the Sudetenland in the former Czechoslovakia to showing the suffering the civilian population of Leningrad.

Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 12, 2013 7:53 PM

World War II had a profound impact on so many places; the issues that contributed to these events and complex and inter-related.  This interactive with videos, pictures and commentary is a veritable treasure trove of resources for teachers and students alike.  

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Centennary of WWI

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This is a Pintrest account I stumbled upon which provides a variety of examples and links to resources and support materials for engaging in research about WWI. The Pintrest board examines the significance of WWI around the world and in Australia and the impact on developing Australian identities then and now. Full of classroom ideas and activities, this is a good resource to look at when you are approaching ANZAC day. 

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School Economics

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You might have missed it but over the summer holidays there was a big announcement that affects all primary school kids. The government says you're all going to be studying economics lessons.
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I was babysitting this afternoon and the child was watching TV and this show came on ABC, called behind the news. It is targeted at primary aged students, and presented in a manner that is easy to understand and focusing of interest areas of children. It is engaging and funny. It has a focus on Australian economics, which is great because it means you can incorporate this show into in to the classroom during a unit of study on economics. 

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Babakiueria

A political mockumentary reversing the situation in Australia, where blacks landed in a white culture and took over.
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Babakiueria is a mockumentary that reverses the British settlement in Australia. It depicts the Aboriginals arriving in a white Australia, and crushing their culture and taking over. Demonstrating how Aboriginals have been treated throughout the history of Australia, but reversed onto white people. This is a very powerful short film and it has been made really well. It successfully places you in the shoes of the Indigenous Australians and creates empathy and sorrow for their sufferings. By watching the video you can ignite an in-depth discussion with you class about Australia’s racist history and the mistreatment of Aboriginals. Many find it hard to understand just how badly the Aboriginals have been treated and this is an excellent way to assimilate them with the treatment the Aboriginals have experienced. 

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ArtisanCam - Activities - Picture Book Maker

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ArtisanCam is a free online picture book maker, designed to be easily accessible and child used friendly. With ready-made illustrations, students can select the images and add the text. This could be an interesting way to present a student’s research or story. Linking in with many areas of the Australian literacy curriculum, where creating and presenting stories with illustrations is a focus and also developing ICT abilities, which is another part of the new curriculum. This resource could be linked with a unit of story telling, incorporating aboriginal history and the cross curricular priorities. I really like the vintage style drawings and just how incredibly easy the program is to use. You can clearly see students would love playing around on this website.

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Socrative | Student Response System | Audience Response Systems | Clicker | Clickers | Student Clickers | ARS | Mobile Clicker | Software Clicker

Socrative | Student Response System | Audience Response Systems | Clicker | Clickers | Student Clickers | ARS | Mobile Clicker | Software Clicker | Humanities | Scoop.it
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Socrative is created from a team of educators, entrepreneurs, and engineers passionate about improving education. Who believe that the use of super simple technology tools can enhance classroom engagement, assessment and personalisation. Socrative is a "smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational games and exercises via smartphones and tablets." The apps are designed to be very simple to set up and operate and take seconds to load and run. Students can access Socrative from any device with an Internet connection and they can then access, questions, quizzes, reports, grades, and feedback from their teachers. The idea is that students will be on these devices anyway, for socializing, so why not make their school content accessible for them while they are there.

 

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Home - Trove

Trove: Find and get Australian resources. Books, images, historic newspapers, maps, archives and more.
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Trove is a discovery tool based around Australia and Australians. It is a vast collection of Australian historic resources from the National Library of Australia. It is an excellent research tool, and great from finding teaching resources such as old newspapers, letters, photos and more. It provides insight and information into Australia’s past. Trove is a research tool that can be used by teachers to enhance their own personal knowledge on any topic area, or to gather visual resources and information to help with the teaching and planning of lessons. It has resources for just about everything. It is also a great tool for discovering your family history. 

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Bright Ideas

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"Bright ideas is a blog by the School Libraries Association of Victoria (SLAV) and the State Library of Victoria (SLV). Its aim is to encourage teacher librarians and educators to actively engage with ICT, to share tools and experiences, to network on a global scale, and to embrace dynamic teaching and learning opportunities." It has hundreds and hundreds of blog posts from educational researcher, historians, librarians and humanities related personal. It is full of resource suggestions to assist in the gaining of knowledge and the development of humanities lessons. Bright Ideas is filled of blog posts filled with historic documents and photos to visually aid your learning. 

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Faith Fashion Fusion: Immigration Museum

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This looks like an excellent exhibition on Muslims womens style and fashion in Australia. The exhibition explores how Muslim women engage in the global fashion culture and the diverse ways in which they do so.

Exploring fashion, faith and Muslim identity, this exhibition would be a great teaching resource for gaining personal knowledge and to engage students. This exhibition is running until June 2014 at the immigration museum.

This particularly interests me because of my personal interest in fashion and my background in fashion design.

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Unicef Urban Population Map

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An Urban World: UNICEF's new data visualization of urban population growth over the next 40 years.


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This Unicef graphic depicts countries and territories with populations exceeding 100,000. The interactive graphic begins in 1950 and predicts up to 2050. Hover over a country to see how urban it is (percentage of people living in cities and towns) and the size of its urban population (in millions). This is a great resource to develop a discussion in your classroom about population and urbanity. The topic of population deals with such large numerical values, and the great thing is that the changing circles work as a visual aid to help younger students who lack the numerical knowledge to still understand the population development.

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Insight - I'm Not Racist, But...

Aren't we all a little bit racist? Insight: Tuesdays at 8:30pm on SBS One http://www.sbs.com.au/insight
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An insightful program discussing and investigating the idea that we are all a little bit racist. Gathering the views and opinions of many Australians from different backgrounds, ethnicities, occupations and demographics and discussing in a mediated situation. As a teaching resource this would be too long to show in a classroom most likely, but to develop you knowledge as the teacher this is a great resource.

I found it particularly interesting and scary to hear Nick Folks a member of the Australian Protectionist Party opinions, because they seam to be the complete polar opposite to mine, and I really struggle to comprehend how anyone can think like that. However I believe it is important that people are aware that people out there genuinely believe and agree with what Nick Folks is says.

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NAIDOC

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This is a link to the NAIDOC home page. NAIDOC stands for National Aboriginies and Islanders Day Observance Committee. NAIDOC is a festivity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and works as an occasion to acknowledge the influences of Indigenous Australians and their contributions in various fields. Celebrations and events take place over one week from the 7-14 of July (2013 dates). It is my personal belief that all schools and classes should take part in the meaning behind NAIDOC week and regardless of whether you have Indigenous students in your class, you should celebrate their culture. 

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Storytelling

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This collection explores the traditions of storytelling throughout time.

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This is an interactive ABC resource designed to explain the progression and development of storytelling with a focus on indigenous Australians. Presented with interactive graphics and videos to engage students, this website has clear information written in a child friendly manor. Great for a class investigating story telling in aboriginal culture, or as an English resource. 

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Australian Aboriginal Culture and History

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Australian Aborigines existed in almost total isolation for at least 60,000 years. They had no written history so only fragments of Dreamtime stories, cave paintings and etchings ramain to record their remarkable past. Only in the last few decades has a systemic investigation revealed the rich and complex culture that they possessed


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Patrick L.'s curator insight, November 10, 2013 3:02 PM

This tells us all about Aboriginal culture and their tribes.

sam osullivan's curator insight, November 10, 2013 3:04 PM

This is linked to contact history as it talks about the Aborigines and how they livwed here isolated for 60,000 years.

Shannon Pulver's curator insight, November 10, 2013 3:09 PM

Australian Aborigines existed in almost total isolation for at least 60,000 years. They had no written history so only fragments of Dreamtime stories, cave paintings and etchings ramain to record their remarkable past.

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Jewish Holocaust Centre - Latest from the JHC

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The Jewish Holocaust Museum is dedicated to the memory of the six million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis during World War Two. It is a memorial to all victims of racist policies. The Museum is designed to be an educational program, which combats anti-Semitism, racism and prejudice in Australia, and it aims to develop understanding between people. I visited the Jewish Holocaust Museum in year 7 with school, and all I remember is being very emotional. Coming from a distantly Jewish background, I think it was the first time I really registered how bad and horrible the Holocaust was. After my experience I feel it is highly important that all Australians visit this center. Excursions for upper primary and high school students should be incorporated into the history curriculum. 

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Our Asian Stories

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This is a new website designs to support teachers in integrating the study of Asia and Australia’s relationship into the classroom and the yearly curriculum. Started up by the NSW education department, with the purpose to meet the standards and cross-curricular priorities of the AusVELS. The website was set up to help primary and secondary teachers understand the importance of teaching about Asia, develop the skills required to successfully interact with people from other cultures, infuse studies of Asia across the curriculum and the classroom and to teach the languages of China, India, Indonesia, Japan and Korea. 

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What A Week Of Groceries Looks Like Around The World

What A Week Of Groceries Looks Like Around The World | Humanities | Scoop.it
It seems as a people, we have a fascination with photographing our food. From Henry's series of riders, to looking on instagram we cant help but document what we consume. Photographer Peter Menzel ...
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This series of photographs, depicting families and their groceries for a week, and I find it fascinating! I really enjoyed examining the photos and noticing the variances across different countries. To see not only the difference in the amount of food, but also how many people it feeds in a week is insane, and saddening. I found it very interesting how different countries have more fruit and vegetables, or more meet, or more junk food or a lack of food. I also enjoyed looking at the different styles of food packaging, for example seeing how Wheat-bix are packaged in other countries. I believe these photos could be used as a very effective tool to help students understand diversity and different living conditions. This can lead to discussions on poverty, modern society, equality, fairness and many other topics. Having the visual stimulus would really support the understanding of the children in regards to the expansive differences in living conditions across the world.  I think that the series contains a good spread of countries; I particularly like that Bhutan was included in the series. I also found it fascinating to look at the different styles of kitchens in each country, and I think students would enjoy a discussion about the difference in kitchens and clothing.

 

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Women are central to Australia's history. Why have we forgotten them?

Women are central to Australia's history. Why have we forgotten them? | Humanities | Scoop.it
Our bedtime story remains a stubbornly closed book. Discordant female voices still belong to wicked witches rather than pissed-off women grabbing the reins of nation-building
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A friend set me this article link because she knew I would like it. It is a fascinating article discussing the absence on female historical impact in Australia history books and the history classrooms. I like the little fact at the top of the article stating that there were more women in the Eureka Stockade than in Tony Abbot’s cabinet. I am reasonably passionate about women throughout Australian history and believe that more students need to hear about their influence, suffering and refusal to give up. 

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SchoolTube

SchoolTube is the best source for videos from students and teachers everywhere. Endorsed by leading educational organizations.
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SchoolTube is quite self-explanatory from its name. It is a version of YouTube that is child friendly. The videos are all deemed appropriate for young viewers and often have a strong educational background or are created by students. The pop-up ads are also censored for the younger audience. This is great for the classroom. It is always daunting to let student troll the internet, particularly sites like YouTube where basically anything can be put up. This site would allow you to leave students to research their topic safely and quite often see how other students have interpreted the topic. This platform is also great for students to upload their own digital works, and to view those of other students. 

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Google Earth

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Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places, and share with others.
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Google Earth allows you to view anywhere on Earth from satellite imagery and maps. With Google Earth you can see views from outer space to the Sahara desert. It is an excellent geography teaching resource. Allowing students to zoom all around the world and visit anywhere and integrates ICT into the classroom. Google Earth can also be used in relation to measurement units in a maths classes. Students can look up where the families immigrated from and find the distance they traveled to get to Australia as an activity. Google Earth is also an excellent visual aid and tool to help discuss longitude and latitude, and the equator. 

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Storybird - Artful storytelling

Storybird - Artful storytelling | Humanities | Scoop.it
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Storybird is an online digital story-creating device. It is designed to help students, teachers, parents and artists to create read and share visual stories. Storybirds are short, art-inspired stories you can make and share on any device with anyone. Storybird has free classroom accounts that you can set up for you students, allowing you to set and create assignments for the students through the website. With easy submission and sharing options. This kids of assignment allows for creativity from students and it incorporates ICT skill building, which is apart of the Australian Curriculum. This program could be used to finish of a unit of study on stories and story telling. 

 

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Immigration Museum: Immigration Museum

Immigration Museum: Immigration Museum | Humanities | Scoop.it
Moving stories of people from all over the world who have migrated to Australia.
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I recently visited the Immigration Museum for the first time and I really liked it. I don’t know how I managed to make it through thirteen years of the Australian schooling system and miss the annual excursions every time, but I did. However, I could appreciate it more having now developed an earnest interest in the immigration history of Australia. The Immigration Museum, as the name suggests, is a Museum documenting the immigration history of Australia. From the first settlers to modern immigrants, you can find information on anything. The Museum displays their stories and experiences. The Immigration Museum also hosts a variety of exhibitions related to immigration. This Museum is great for excursions for school aged students, which will help them to learn about immigration and understand it, as well as hopefully igniting an interest in their own immigration history. 

 

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History

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Teaching government systems with gummy bears.
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A fun and easy way to explain to your students the different styles and systems of government. Whether you present the image or recreate the systems with the kids in the classroom it will be engaging and I think it will stick with them. I think this engages the students and presents the information in a clear and well-defined manner. I found this cleared up any misconceptions I previously had about government systems when I first came across the image. This concept could be expanded into a full lesson on government systems.

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James McKimmie's curator insight, September 6, 2013 7:16 PM

A basic and fun representation of Goverment that could could be developed into an interactive lesson on Government and how it works for or against its people.  

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Dr. Seuss' The Sneetches - Full Version

This is Dr. Seuss' view of prejudice: Some Sneetches have a star on their bellies, and some of them don't. The ones that don't have a star on their bellies a...
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This video representation of the Dr. Seuss book The Sneeches. An interactive and engaging way to introduce the concept of prejudice to your students and it is an attractive interactive way to teach students to be aware of the affect their words and actions can have on other people and to link into a topic on equality and racism. As a child I always loved Dr. Seuss books and even today some of his books are my favourites, The Sneeches, The Lorax and The Places You Will Go, being some of them. I must say I do prefer the book to this clip. The clip I find is very over the top and almost turns it into a comical depiction, which I feel takes away from the excellent message behind the story. However as a teacher I can see the advantage of presenting in in an interactive visual manor to help engage the students. This can work as a child friendly way to introduce students to prejudice and I personally feel the story should be read or show to all students many time to help them learn about identity, inclusion, racism and judgment.  It can be used to help students begin a discussion about those areas and their opinions and experiences with the topics. 

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Home | AC History Units

Home | AC History Units | Humanities | Scoop.it

AC History Units presents 8 units developed by the History Teachers' Association of Australia to support teachers in the implementation of the Australian Curriculum: History ...A major goal has been to provide the conceptual background (in Unit 1) and concrete examples (in Units 2-8) to assist teachers in designing their own programs and learning sequences for other topics and year levels.

 

 


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AC History Units is a website created by the History Teachers' Association of Australia. The site contains 8 units developed to support the implementation of the new history section of the Australian Curriculum. The site also aims to help history teachers to design their own history units and learning sequences. As a history teacher, this is the jackpot! It is full of wonderful lessons from great units, which are already linked to the AusVELS and deemed age appropriate. Half the work of lesson and unit planning is done for you. This is an excellent resource to hold onto!

 

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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, May 15, 2013 9:04 AM

Primary and secondary AC History units...a fantastic resource site! Well done HTAA!

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Major Thomas Anderson Kidd served with the 10th Light Horse in Gallipoli and Egypt, was wounded and became seriously ill with Cholera.

 

He wrote diaries which he embellished with maps and diagrams. He was Mentioned in Despatches for gallantry in May & August 1915 and he suggested Hugo Throssell get the Victoria Cross at Hill 60.

 

I edited a transcript of Tom’s re-written diary and began to understand his frustration with the foolishness of some orders and the impossibility of many aspects of the campaigns that he was involved in.

 

In my extensive reading I have found these words have been used to describe him; cool, calm, fair, caring, splendid, brave, fearless, reckless, bullet proof & the men even considered him bomb proof!

 

These men and their families obviously had a life both before & after their war service and I am interested in all facets; particularly the affect war had on them.

 

My book "Uncle Tom's Diary" is a young adult novella about the discovery of one of his diaries ... and secrets!

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The Australian Curriculum v5.0 Geography Foundation to Year 10 Curriculum

The Australian Curriculum v5.0 Geography Foundation to Year 10 Curriculum | Humanities | Scoop.it

The Foundation - Year 10 Australian Curriculum: Geography aims to ensure that students develop:

- a sense of wonder, curiosity and respect about places, people, cultures and environments throughout the world

- a deep geographical knowledge of their own locality, Australia, the Asia region and the world

- the ability to think geographically, using geographical concepts

- the capacity to be competent, critical and creative users of geographical inquiry methods and skills

- as informed, responsible and active citizens who can contribute to the development of an environmentally and economically sustainable, and socially just world.


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